Naturally Beautiful

Bryce Wylde’s “3D Diet” for Beautiful Skin 

Deterioration: the visible lines, wrinkles, and pores

Slow down visible aging with optimal protein, fat, and veggies 

Green, Yellow, and Orange Veggies

  • What it does: Women who eat green and yellow vegetables regularly tend to have fewer wrinkles, especially around the eyes!
  • How it works: studies show that the carotenoids (the antioxidants in green, yellow and orange veggies) decrease skin’s sensitivity to the UV radiation from the sun and protects from sunburn
  • How much: eat 1 serving (1/2 cup) of each 5 colours of the rainbow of fruits and veggies every single day (ie. this is equivalent to 3 cups total.  Keep in mind that a bowl of vegetable soup and a large salad satisfy at least 2 of your 3 cup goal)

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (Found in Nuts, Cooking Oils, Red Palm Oil, Fish Oils, Seed Oils) 

  • What it does: improve skin’s elasticity and reduces wrinkles
  • How it works: feeds the skin cells with omega 3 essential fatty acids and reduces inflammation
  • How much? Eat 3-4 servings of fatty fish/week, 1tsp fish oil daily (best formulas are those which also contain carotenoids), or if you are vegan 1-2 tsps Ahiflower oil daily. The latter is a new kid on the block with some excellent new research showing it lowers inflammation. It is one of my favourite finds of 2016.

Organic Greek Yogurt

  • What it does: helps skin become firmer, so it’s more resistant to lines.
  • How it works: You need ample protein for the construction of new skin. Protein is the primary substance used to replace worn out or dead skin cells. The protein content is often double that of regular yogurt.
  • How much? Organic Greek yogurt is an excellent protein source. The avg 110 lb woman needs a variety of protein sources at about 60g/day, at 150 you need 80g/day, and at 200 you need about 100 g/day

Decent: the drooping and sagging (looking tired and worn)

Get a natural face lift with antioxidants!

70% Dark chocolate 

  • What it does: Cocoa hydrates your skin making it firmer and more supple
  • How it works: contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant
  • How much? Eat 2 squares daily

Pomegranates

  • What it does: gives you a beautiful plethora/colour/rosiness
  • How it works: Polyphenols fight free radicals and regulate skin’s blood flow
  • How much? One pomegranate or a 1 4 oz glass of pure pomegranate juice daily

Brazil Nuts

  • What it does: prevents drooping and sagging
  • How it works: contains a high amount of selenium that helps the skin remain firm
  • How much: about 3-5 nuts daily (non-irradiated organic)

Deflation: lack of contour (when we begin to hollow over cheeks and temples, creases around the mouth, develop jowls, and sullenness under eyes). To maintain skin that looks more supple and youthful, experts advise eating foods that are high in vitamins C and A, and zinc

Contour your face – going beyond the makeup

Oysters

  • What it does: provides the structural support in skin
  • How it works: helps create collagen
  • How much? Enjoy when you can find a trusted source.  Although they may be the highest in zinc, its also found in red meat and poultry, beans, nuts, certain types of seafood (such as crab and lobster), whole grains, and dairy products.

Turmeric root/spice

  • What it does: keeps inflammation and antioxidants at bay (the main causes of visible aging)
  • How it works: this amazing spice can block what is considered to be the “holy grail” of inflammation called NF-κB which is a protein complex that is involved in cellular responses to external stimuli like stress, free radicals, ultraviolet radiation, and cytokines that cause inflammation in the body
  • How much? 3 grams turmeric spice or 500mg supplemental curcumin daily

Cruciferous/Brassica Vegetables (incl broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and mustard greens)

  • What it does: firms up skin
  • How it works: These are a great source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and contain other nutrients needed for skin health as well. A cup of chopped broccoli, for instance, contains 81.2 mg of vitamin C, 0.37 mg of zinc and 2.3 mcg of selenium, all nutrients needed for elastin and collagen production
  • How much? Aim for 1-2 cups daily

 

When it comes to topical products for youthful skin, Dr. Anne Marie Fine who is a practicing naturopathic physician, gives us 5 Essential Products for Youthful Skin

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